Beneath my surface lie hidden treasures and glistening discoveries, while close by, a mysterious past remains concealed amongst the trees. I am at Beryl Pit Mine in Quadeville, Ontario.
Dig your spade and pick into the dry earth of this old open-pit quarry to uncover buried gems and unusual minerals that sparkle in the sunlight as you brush the dirt away.
Whether you’re looking for fine examples or rare minerals, pretty rocks for your garden, gem-quality amazonite, rose quartz and aquamarine, or just wanting to experience something a little different, you can find it all in Quadeville during a visit to Aqua Rose Gems and Minerals.
Pick up a permit at Kauffeldt’s General store –where you might just overhear bits of the community’s rich and sordid history as the rumoured Canadian getaway of notorious gangster, Al Capone –before setting off for a self-guided dig at the Beryl Pit. With a wide variety of minerals, you can test your capacity to identify them, and increase your geological knowledge.
Give owners Dave and Renee a call to book a guided tour of the Rose Quartz Pit and discover more about this pink gemstone before marveling at its beauty during a visit to their jewelry studio.
The Beryl Pit is open from May until the end of October with no appointment necessary, but guided tours of the Rose Quartz Pit must be booked in advance.